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Middle Grade Marvels

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 7 to 100
  • Grade: 2 to 17
tagged: mg lit, middle grade, novels
Great picks for young readers ages 8-12ish—and the people who love them!

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Journal of a Travelling Girl

by Nadine Neema, illustrated by Archie Beaverho, foreword by Joseph Judas
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, girls & women, politics & government

This fictional coming-of-age story traces a young girl’s reluctant journey by canoe through the ancestral lands of the Tli?cho People, as she gradually comes to understand and appreciate their culture and the significance of their fight for self-government.

"Journal of a Travelling Girl deserves to be in every northern classroom. There is so much …

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Duck Days

by Sara Leach, illustrated by Rebecca Bender
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: special needs, cycling, bullying, friendship

 

The third title in the collection that began with USBBY Outstanding International Book Slug Days. Lauren, a third-grade student who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, takes on the challenges of sharing her best friend and persevering when a classmate mocks her bicycle’s training wheels.

Irma is Lauren’s best friend. Irma knows all the strategies Lau …

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Just Watch Me!

by Erin Silver
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: science & technology, friendship, marriage & divorce

Twelve-year-old Simon Rosen has qualified for the Canadian Video Game Championships in Vancouver. If he can get straight As in school, his parents have agreed to take him. The stakes are especially high. His parents are always fighting, and if he can just get them to Vancouver - the place where they fell in love - maybe he can save his family from …

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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park

by Marthe Jocelyn, illustrated by Isabelle Follath
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, law & crime, christmas & advent

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found in this second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of Enola Holmes.

Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forw …

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The Brushmaker's Daughter

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, …

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Ciel

by Sophie Labelle, translated by David Homel
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: lgbt, love & romance, friendship

Ciel is excited to start high school. A gender non-conforming trans kid, Ciel has a YouTube channel and dreams of getting a better camera to really make their mark. Ciel can always rely on their best friend, Stephie, a trans girl who also happens to be a huge nerd. But their friendship begins to feel distant when Stephie makes it clear she wants th …

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A Slug Story

by Mandi Kujawa & Hana Kujawa, illustrated by Claude St. Aubin
edition: Paperback
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Marcus is an enthusiastic young boy, but when ridiculed at school, he begins to feel that his best efforts are second-rate. His confidence already low, Marcus suffers a serious brain injury. While in the hospital, and with the help of fellow patient Emily, Marcus learns to embrace the reality of who he is. Mixing fact and fantasy, A Slug Story is a …

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The Barren Grounds

The Misewa Saga, Book 1

by David A. Robertson
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: fantasy & magic, native american, orphans & foster homes

Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their cultu …